SURFACE CONSOLIDATION OF WALL PAINTINGS USING LIME NANO-SUSPENSIONS
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Vojtěchovský , Jan
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Within the field of the conservation of historical and cultural monuments, lime nanosuspensions are still a relatively new and unexplored material. This study examines their effect on the consolidation of architectural surfaces and, consequently, on wall paintings. Previous experiments showed that considerably deteriorated materials may not be adequately strengthened using only lime nano-suspensions. Therefore, the effects of their admixtures and gradual applications with silicic acid esters were examined. For verification, a simulation of a deteriorated lime-based paint layer was created on panels of plaster. The results of the consolidation were subsequently studied using objective (peeling test, water absorption capacity test, measuring colour changes using a mobile spectrophotometer) and subjective methods (comparison of visual changes to a set standard and by testing cohesion using a cotton swab). The microstructure of a consolidated paint layer was studied with a scanning electron microscopy. Tests proved that with either individual lime-alcoholic suspensions or with successive applications and mixtures of silicic acid esters it is feasible to achieve good consolidation results, whilst the alkoxysilane content of the agent indisputably increases the consolidating effect of these materials.
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